Iranian President's Chief of Staff denies Rouhani accepted Zarif's resignation

Iranian President
# 26 February 2019 05:36 (UTC +04:00)

Mahmoud Vaezi, the chief of staff of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, has categorically refuted media reports claiming that the country's leader accepted the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, ONA reports quoting sputniknews.


Zarif, who has been heading the Iranian Foreign Ministry since 2013, announced on Monday in his Instagram blog that he was leaving his post and apologized for his "inability to continue the service." Later in the day, media reported that Rouhani had accepted the minister's unexpected resignation.


"Reports claiming that the president of the republic [of Iran] has accepted Zarif's resignation are categorically refuted," Vaezi wrote on Twitter late on Monday.


The foreign minister's aide, in turn, told Sputnik on Monday that the ministry's personnel was unaware of Zarif's resignation or the possible reasons behind it. The aide also stressed that Zarif's Instagram account was official and it had not been hacked.